Finding Your Career Match
By Holly Tsang

On Thursday, Oct. 23, the Financial Women’s Association hosted “Finding the Job You Love” with Shoya Zichy, a member of the FWA financial board. Zichy is the author of “Career Match: Connecting Who You Are With What You’ll Love To Do.” Mentors and mentees from the FWA attended the event.

“Career Match” introduced the Color Q™ Personality Test, which is based on Carl Gustav Jung’s work. The test has three sections, each with two columns. Each participant chooses particular statements that best describe their values and then the responses they select determine what “color” they are. There are four different color categories: gold, blue, green and red.

The gold group is the largest group, making up 46 percent of the population. People in this group value structure, rules and traditions and learn best when material is presented in steps. Lists are often used to effectively manage tasks and time. Gold group members separate business from pleasure and make time for recreational activities only after all their work has been completed. Zichy estimated that 90 percent of accountants and dentists fall into the gold category and verified that “their mantra would be: If I could do all of tomorrow’s work today, the last day of my life would be totally free.”

The blue group, the smallest, only represents 10 percent of the population. Born to be the change agents of society, these people thrive in an environment filled with critique and confrontation. They dislike sentimentality and lack logic. Feeling as though they can gain knowledge, blue members often go back to school for higher education. This group is future-oriented and anticipates necessary changes and steps that have to be taken to ensure success. Blues are highly represented in professions including money managers, lawyers, university professors and journalists.

The green group makes up 17 percent of the population. These individuals are constantly searching for the best in people and almost effortlessly motivate others. They dislike conflict and lack authenticity. They possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Television anchors, graphic artists, marketing, public relations and human resources are some of the professions and industries represented by green personalities. Zichy stated that President Elect Barack Obama is green, commenting that, “This is the first time, by the way, in history that we’ve had a green person running for president because typically they don’t like the conflict of politics.”

The red group represents 27 percent of the population. These reds are spontaneous; do not make many long-term plans and choose to focus solely on what is going on presently in their lives. They are great negotiators and high risk-takers. Reds often work in politics, Hollywood, professional sports and occupations including entrepreneurial and emergency work. They dislike excessive structure and regulations and prefer to work for themselves or in units where they have plenty of independence.

In addition to each primary color, every person also has a backup color. The backup color is determined by reviewing answers from the original personality test. Zichy said that an individual possess about 40 percent of the characteristics inherent in their backup color.

The Color Q Test also describes particular work culture personalities that individuals desire in their own ideal workplaces. If more statements are selected from the left column, it indicates that the individual has an IBM personality. In this kind of company, there is a clear hierarchy and employees know exactly what is expected of them. This type of person keeps work relationships strictly professional.

Selecting more statements from the right column reveals the type of person who desires to work for Google. A company with personality has a flat hierarchy where employees come to work and redefine their jobs everyday. They view their colleagues as extended family.

Zichy also encouraged students to make sure that their preferred work culture personality matched their own personality. Zichy ended stating that it is “Really, really important for your happiness and your long term success. If you don’t fit, you’re not going to succeed. They’re not going to promote you as fast.”

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  • "Awareness of the variety of styles was a career-altering event. It has provided me with a strategic advantage in many career & personal situations."
    K. O’Hare, Partner

    "Your presentation was both educational and entertaining and we have received tremendous feedback from all who attended."
    T. Kamradt, Partner
    Baker & Hostetler LLP

    "Zichy scores a bull’s eye in showing leaders how to understand their strengths and use them to work and manage more effectively."
    P. Tanous, President
    Lepercq Lynx Investment Advisory

  • "I have successfully used Color Q with hundreds of associates to increase their awareness of personality and leadership style, which has resulted in higher performing teams. It is an incredibly fun, memorable and effective resource!"

    Rehana Farrell
    Chief Administrative Officer
    Guggenheim Investments

    "I recommend Personality Power, a unique reading selection in today’s crowded business literature. The ideas work; the suggestions are easy to remember. One can bring out the best in oneself and others while succeeding on the job. The key is to insightfully access and understand the personalities that surround us in our work environment."

    Sergio I. de Araujo
    AnSer Latin American Opportunities Fund

    "We all know that 'people skills' are important in one’s career. Perhaps no one has defined those skills and their potential applications as well as Shoya Zichy. At last, the mysteries of successful, professional interactions are solved -- laid out in plain English and organized to allow the reader to immediately understand difficult personality types."

    Ellen Reynolds
    Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
    The Segal Group, Inc.

    "Leadership is about bringing out the best in people or an organization. This book provides a unique framework, combining business experience and psychological insight."

    Kathleen Waldron
    William Paterson University

    "We've reviewed dozens of personality profile approaches and what I love about the Color Q method in this book is that it does what personality assessments rarely do well - it answers the great 'so what?' question. We coach with Color Q because it gets to this extremely important bottom line - finding a job that really fits, and keeping it."

    John Courtney
    NextJob, Inc.

    "Personality Power opens the floodgates to improved profitability, productivity, and communication. Individuals who embrace the principles in this book are happier, more productive and committed to their career choices; organizations learn how to make internal and external meetings and conversations more successful and less stressful, and ensure that the 'right people are in the right seats on the bus.'"

    Jeannette Hobson
    Senior Vice President
    Eastern Division
    Vistage International